"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

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Shallow thoughts...

July 02, 2020

I suppose tastes change in the hobby over time...I certainly know that MINE do! For example, my feelings about small tanks have come full-circle over the years. I've really come to enjoy them- for a lot of reasons, really...not the least of which is that they can serve as a sort of reliable and easy-to-iterate "test bed" for lots of new ideas.   In particular, lately I'm really fond of shallow, rather wide aquariums. The unique dimensions of such tanks gives you interesting possibilities to create simple, yet utterly fascinating displays. And of course, this makes some sense when you contemplate the types of aquatic habitats I'm drawn to. Like, here at Tannin, we're crazy about small, shallow bodies of water,...

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Just, like...maintain...okay?

June 29, 2020

We receive a lot of questions about the maintenance of botanical-style aquariums. And it makes a lot of sense, because the very nature of these aquariums is that they are stocked, chock-full of seed pods and leaves, all of which contribute to the bio load of the aquarium- all of which hare in the process of breaking down and decomposing to some degree at any given moment. It's not so much if you have to pay attention to maintenance with these tanks- it's more of a function of how you maintain them, and how often. Well, here's the "big reveal" on this:  Keep the environment stable. Environmental stability is one of the most important- if not THE most important- things we...

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